Series GR-0419 - Attorney General document series

1863/12 Regina vs. Kar-le, rape 1866/3 Regina vs. Kim Foo and Ah Soo, receiving stolen goods 1866/4 Regina vs. Ah Sam and Joe, larceny 1866/9 Regina vs. Song Pang, perjury 1866/15 Regina vs. Ah Keow, larceny 1866/16 Regina vs. Ah Gah [Ah Yan?], criminal assault 1867/15 [Ting Sing,Hing Linn or Sing Sing?] re case at Quesnellemouth 1868/18 Regina vs. Ah Tchong 1870/2  Regina vs. Ah Pow, assault with intent 1870/5  Regina vs. Ah Qui, abduction 1870/14  Regina vs. Ah Luon, assault with intent 1870/15 Regina vs. Ah Toon, stabbing with intent 1871/2 Regina vs. [Ah Yen, Ah Yeu, Ah Yew?] and Ah Toy, breaking and theft 1871/5 Regina vs. Jack [alias Fok Hing alias Fok King] and Ah Chang 1871/8 Regina vs. Ah Sam and [Ah Sow, Ah Lon or Ah Lun?] 1871/11 Regina vs Ah Sam, stabbing with intent 1871/12 Regina vs. [Ah Son or Ah Lon?] 1871/13 Regina vs. Ah Eye alias Ah Loy, obstructing the law 1871/14 Regina vs. Ah Joe, misprision of felony 1871/18 Regina vs. Ah Hoy, theft 1871/22 Regina vs. Ah Wan 1872/23 Regina vs. Lin Sing, receiving stolen goods 1872/24 Regina vs. Jack alias Fok Hing alias Fok King, and Ah Chang and Ah Cow, breaking and stea... 1873/12 Regina vs. Wong Kom-Tie, Wong Yuen and Yung Hang, assault with intent 1873/19 Regina vs. Ah Seung 1874/3 "Chieftain" mutiny: report re complaint of Board of Trade re sentence of Chinese... 1874/10 Regina vs. Mee Bow alias Ah Chung, forgery 1877/4 Regina vs. Ah Sam, theft 1878/15 Regina vs. Ah Woon et al, wounding with intent 1878/16 Regina vs. China Mary and Ah Flan, uttering
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Attorney General document series

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  • 1857-1966 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

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96.5 m of textual records; 1 reel of microfilm [B00395]

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The Attorney-General’s Department was established in 1871 by authority of the Constitution Act of 1871 (SBC 1871, c. 147). Prior to that, from 1863 to 1866, the origins of the ministry were in the offices of the Attorney-General for the Colony of Vancouver Island and for the Colony of British Columbia. In 1866, the colonies united to form one colony, with one Attorney-General, who remained in place until British Columbia became a province of the Dominion of Canada in 1871. The Attorney-General was the official legal advisor of the Lieutenant-Governor and of the Executive Council. He was responsible for the settlement and approval of all documents issued under the public seal of the province and for the supervision of magistrates, police, and the constabulary.

In 1899, the department was reconstituted by the Attorney-General’s Act (SBC 1899, c. 5), which expanded the duties and powers of the Attorney-General to include: management and direction of correctional institutions, the British Columbia Provincial Police, and the administration of public affairs; provision of legislative and legal advice to the representative of the Crown and the heads of government departments; administration of justice within the Province; and regulation of all litigation for and against the Crown and public departments within the jurisdiction of the Legislature.

At various times several different agencies have been under the direction of the Attorney-General, such as the Industrial Schools for Boys and for Girls, Factories Inspection Branch, Electrical Energy Inspection Branch, Mothers’ Pension Board, Municipal Branch, Provincial Board of Health, Prohibition Commission, Public Utilities Commission, and Superintendent of Neglected Children. In most instances these agencies have later been placed under the management of other departments, absorbed into new organizations, or abolished altogether.

In 1976, the Dept. of the Attorney-General was renamed the Ministry of the Attorney General (OIC 3199/76).

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The Attorney-General Document series consists mainly of transcripts of depositions and preliminary hearings and trials, forwarded to the Attorney-General and numbered consecutively by year they were filed. Registers and indexes (volumes 879 to 885) are available on microfilm reel B00395.

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Transferred from Dept. of the Attorney General, 1972, 1960, and earlier.


Note that the documents are not stored in a strict numeric/chronological order.

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Documents from 1863 - 1914 relating to Chinese individuals were digitized as part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, with the exception of two documents which were restricted due to Young Offender information (Documents 7/1912 and 77/1914).

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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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Finding aids: registers and indexes (vols. 878-884; reel B00395); box list. Typed and photocopied document register entries from the original documents and microfilm reel B00395 dating between 1857 and 1909 are available in the hardcopy version of the finding aid in the BC Archives Reference Room.
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